The National Weather Service has issued a WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY for all of West Michigan except counties along the Michigan-Indiana border, effective from 7 pm Saturday until 6 am Monday. A strong storm will be crossing the Ohio Valley Sunday, bringing snow to West Michigan, with some areas perhaps seeing as much as 10-12" of accumulation. Snowfall will be heaviest south as opposed to north, so along/south of I-94 is where the highest accumulations are expected... 6-10" possible. However, Allegan, Barry, Eaton, Ottawa, and Kent could see anywhere from 4-6". Additionally, gusty winds will be blowing the snow quite a bit, causing drifting on roads along with poor visibility. Travel is discouraged from late Saturday night through Sunday night.

The National Weather Service has issued a WINTER STORM WARNING for the following counties in West Michigan, effective from 7 pm Saturday until 4 am Monday: Berrien, Cass, St.Joseph, Branch, and Hillsdale. A strong winter storm moving into/across the Ohio Valley will bring periods of heavy snow to the Warning area, beginning late tonight and extending through at least Sunday evening. Forecast models indicate between 8 and 12" of accumulation are possible. Additionally, strong winds will cause blowing and drifting snow. Driving conditions will be hazardous Sunday. Travel is not encouraged.

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I-Team Waste Watch: Cops at Capitol for protests

Updated: Friday, January 25, 2013 |
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LANSING, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - They were everywhere you looked on the capitol grounds during last months Right To Work protests, Michigan State Police troopers, keeping the peace.

MSP says it brought in manpower from all parts of the state.  It was a massive show of force and it was expensive.

The agency tells us it spend $901, 132 on overtime, travel, supplies and equipment.  That covered the week of December 5th to the 11th,  but it was primarily for the large protest on the 11th.

MSP says it's something they could not have planned for.

"No we do not budget for that, we have an overtime budget every year but it doesnt cover something like this.  Where the money will come from, that's yet to be determined," says MSP Captain Greg Zarotney.

Captain Greg Zarotney says MSP is hoping for a special appropriation from the legislature to cover the amount it spent.

Other agencies did also help, Lansing Police spent $31,404 just on December 11th.

East Lansing Police say they spent a few thousand dollars.

It was money MSP didn't want to spend, but says it was worth it.

"We consider this operation to be a huge success...we allowed the protestors to have their say, on both sides of the issue as well as keep the peace within the legislature," says Zarotney.

For comparison, Wisconsin spent more than $10 million when it had several weeks of protests at its capitol in 2011.
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